April 28, 2021

A Letter from our CEO Wes Hickman

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By: Wes Hickman








Happy 175th anniversary, Gamecocks! 

After months of anticipation, it’s finally here—time to celebrate and mark the historic founding of the Alumni Association in 1846. I know what you’re thinking as you read this: it’s March alreadyWhen does the celebration start? Admittedly, 2021 hasn’t felt much like a Gamecock party, yet. But it’s coming. 


Our theme for the year is “Proud to be Gamecock,” and we invite you to show your Gamecock pride by celebrating with us: 

  • Register for the inaugural Spurs Up Sprint, taking place throughout March; 
  • Participate in Give4Garnet, the University’s annual day of giving, on April 21 and designate at least one of your gifts to the Alumni Association, whether it’s $175, $17.50 or anything in between; 
  • Sign up for our inaugural golf tournament taking place this summer in Columbia—more information to come; 
  • Pre-game with us this fall at all away football games as we restart the Gamecocks on the Road tailgate series; and, 
  • Join us Oct. 15-17 for Homecoming 2021, a special 175th anniversary edition. 


As you celebrate, tell people about it. Show them why you support the Alumni Association—take photos and share them on social media, text and call your fellow Gamecocks. Better yet, recruit a new member—the more the merrier! 

Celebrating and supporting the Alumni Association through membership or giving is the easiest and best way to support all UofSC alumni and students. Your donations help to: 

  • Support and connect the global network of Gamecocks; 
  • Provide mentorship opportunities and career services for alumni and students; 
  • Give scholarships to students; and, 
  • Maintain one of the campus’s crown jewels—the Pastides Alumni Center. 


We’re proud to be Gamecocks and we’re proud of the impact we collectively make in our communities and in the world around us. Please help us continue to make that possible for all alumni and future generations of Gamecocks. 

Happy anniversary and Forever to Thee! 

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